Yesterday we launched geotagging on Flickr, and while we knew it was going to be popular, the actual scale has been amazing. In the first 24 hours since launch, we’ve had over one million photos geotagged.
If you have tried out the feature yet, below is an example of what it looks like – here’s a screenshot I took last night while browsing photos taken on Alcatraz:
For me, the most exciting part of this technology – especially as a social technologist / researcher – will be seeing what new and unexpected uses the vibrant user community will produce in short order. I’m a firm believer that the users themselves will almost always come up with more interesting and compelling uses of technology than the inventors: that’s one of the philosophies that drives me to be involved in this field, and it’s always exciting to watch the new uses of a technology emerge and (sometimes) stabilize. By bringing geotagging to the masses (others did it first, but not in a mass-market way), Flickr has now become, in under 24 hours, the premiere source of data for studying how real-world people use geotagging technology.
Speaking of new and unexpected uses of technology, if you’re a hacker in the Bay Area, be sure to sign up for the first external Yahoo! HackDay / Camp. It’s sure to be a blast – come make a Flickr geo hack that will blow us away.
Update: There’s now an official FlickrBlog post about this, and the Geo APIs are released for shenanigans.